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Dates confirmed for Classic Spring's An Ideal Husband and The Selfish Giant

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CLASSIC Spring has announced that Guy Chambers’ new folk opera, The Selfish Giant, will be co-produced by Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and directed by multi-award-winning director Bill Buckhurst.

The limited run of lightly-staged performances will run at Royal & Derngate from April 4 to April 7, before moving to the Vaudeville Theatre from April 10 to April 14, 2018.

In Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story, The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves. The Giant looks over his garden from his tall window. What will he do?

Jonathan Church will direct An Ideal Husband, the third production in the year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, where it will play from April 20 to July 14, 2018, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season, running from July 18 to August 4, 2018.

An Ideal Husband is Wilde’s sharp and witty exploration of corruption, blackmail and honour. Political sin enters the heart of the English home as ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s ascent to the top seems assured, until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery…

Guy Chambers is a long-time collaborator with Robbie Williams, having co-written many of his most popular hits, including Angels, Millennium and Let Me Entertain You. He has also collaborated with Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright, Mark Ronson and Diana Ross, amongst others, as well as winning three BRIT Awards, three Ivor Novello awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

Bill Buckhurst won multiple awards for his production of Sweeney Todd, which is currently playing in New York, following a smash-hit run in London (Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop and West End). This year, he is directing Sweet Charity at the Nottingham Playhouse. Previous credits include Sleeping Beauty (Watermill Theatre), The Last Days of Dolwyn (National Theatre/Moving Stories) and Omeros and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe). Buckhurst has recently directed his first feature film, Pond Life with Open Palm Films.

Jonathan Church is Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season. He was previously Artistic Director for the Salisbury Playhouse (1995-99), Birmingham Rep (2001-05) and Chichester Festival Theatre (2006-16). His directing credits include acclaimed productions such as Singin’ in the Rain (Chichester, West End), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester, West End) and Taken at Midnight (Chichester, West End). He received a CBE for Services to Theatre in 2015.

Over 20,000 tickets under £20 are being made available across Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season, encouraging younger audiences and making the season as accessible as possible.